#1
hello pit

My dad recently found an old cassette recording of his old band from the late 70s and was ecstatic as it had been missing for at least 15 years. Unfortunately it won't play. Will it ever be able to be recovered from the tape?

Cos I was thinking of getting it transferred to a CD as part of a Christmas present but don't know how i would go about it or if it would even work!

Any help would be greatly appreciated
#2
Give it to the NSA they can record it for you.
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#3
Why won't it play? As long as the film itself isn't destroyed, you should be able to salvage it.

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#4
Explain more about how it won't play. Do you mean you don't have a cassette player to play it in, or do you and nothing is playing?

If it's the latter, the tape itself probably needs to be cleaned. I'm not sure how to actually do it, but i'm sure there are tutorials on the net somewhere.

Either that, or whatever you're using to play it is busted. Have you tried multiple stereos?
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Why won't it play? As long as the film itself isn't destroyed, you should be able to salvage it.

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If the tape is just stuck you can take the cassette apart and clean it and lubricate it.
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#6
no i have multiple cassette players but it isn't playing in the sense that there is no audio. The tape rewinds/fast fowards etc but no sound!

im thinking best option is to bring it to a specialist of some sort but i haven't a clue what kind of store would carry out these kind of restorations?

thanks for the help so far
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no i have multiple cassette players but it isn't playing in the sense that there is no audio. The tape rewinds/fast fowards etc but no sound!

im thinking best option is to bring it to a specialist of some sort but i haven't a clue what kind of store would carry out these kind of restorations?

thanks for the help so far

Maybe your dad was in an air band?
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your trolling attempts are too predictable u muppet. my dad was in the rolling stones

I'm sure.

Anyway, try taking the film out of the tape and putting it into a new tape. It's a bit awkward and you have to be extremely careful.
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your trolling attempts are too predictable u muppet. my dad was in the rolling stones

Oh.
Amazon already has it on CD.
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#11
If your cassett players work and your getting no sound the tape may have been erased, the sound on audio tape is made by arranging magnetic particals in an order to produce sound, if the tape has come in conntact with anything magnetic, speakers of any kind, power transformer. Also the emulsion may have come off and stuck to the section it was stored behind. Last but not least the tape heads on the machine that it was recorded on my have been incorrectly calibrated so the "music" may not line up with your machine.
#12
Sorry, but if there's no sound when you try playing it, I don't think you're going to have much luck - most ways this sort of thing can be done is by playing the tape and recording it to another medium, but obviously that isn't an option.

There may be ways to actually retrieve the data direct from the tape, but I'd imagine that would be extremely expensive - especially as you can't be 100% certain that the tape definitely contains what you're after.

If the tape is visibly OK, the most likely thing is that it was recorded over accidentally at some point in the past.

Sorry, but I don't think you're going to get anywhere.
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#13
If there's no audio, it's probably broken. You can buy machines online that will allow you to convert cassete audio to mp3 and then to CD if you wish to do so.